ST. CHARLES – Junior infielder Mickey Goetz’s two-out drive to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday scored the winning run, propelling the St. Charles North softball team to a 4-3 victory against Neuqua Valley.
“Just got a clutch hit. It was good for us,” North Stars coach Tom Poulin said. “Good early experience for us to have some stuff to refer back on already.”
North (2-0, 1-0 Upstate Eight Conference) led, 3-0, after three innings but was steadied by a complete game from Sabrina Rabin, who scattered four hits and four strikeouts. Rabin added three hits, and along, with Emily Brodner, scored two runs.
Waubonsie Valley 5, St. Charles East 4 (8 inn.): At St. Charles, Olivia Lorenzini collected two hits and two RBIs for East (3-1, 0-1 UEC). Katie Kolb also had two hits.
Bartlett 10, Geneva 4: At Geneva, Bridget Weitzel homered for Geneva (2-2, 0-1 UEC), while McKenna Schimmel went 2 for 4.
St. Charles East 5, Lake Park 1: At Roselle, East’s Matt Starai spaced one earned run, five hits and five strikeouts in six innings to notch the win. Nick Erickson added two hits and three RBIs for East (2-3, 1-0 UEC).
Batavia 2, Bartlett 1: At Bartlett, Austin Shanahan tossed the first six innings in Austin Van Kempen worked around two hits to earn the save, helping Batavia (6-0, 1-0 UEC) remain unbeaten. Micah Coffey and Jeremy Schoessling delivered RBIs for the Bulldogs.
Neuqua Valley 5, Geneva 2: At Naperville, Geneva (3-3, 0-1 UEC) opened the game with a first-inning run before surrendering five runs in the bottom half. Nick Derr had two hits for the Vikings. Geneva pitching allowed two hits but walked six.
Waubonsie Valley 3, St. Charles North 2: At Aurora, North (3-3, 0-1 UEC) rallied to tie the game with a run in the top of the seventh before giving up the game-winning run in the bottom half. Ankur Shah took a no-decision, working six innings for the North Stars.
Kaneland 12, Sandwich 10: At Maple Park, Joe Komel (two RBIs) and Matt Limbrunner (three) both went 2 for 2 as Kaneland (1-5) snapped a season-opening skid.
Marmion 4, Wheaton Academy 2: At Aurora, Brian Simon had the go-ahead RBI for Marmion (2-2, 1-0 SCC) in a three-run sixth. Gunnar Stanke contributed the tying RBI and scored the go-ahead run.
Burlington Central 12, Marengo 0 (5 inn.): At Burlington, Danny Gerke scattered 11 strikeouts and one walk in an abbreviated no-hitter for Central (1-1, 1-0 BNC East).
St. Francis 15, Aurora Christian 12: At Wheaton, Brandon Walgren (four hits) and Tristan Withrow (three hits, four RBIs) kept ACS close in the SCC slugfest. St. Francis led, 9-1, after four innings.
Aurora Central Catholic 12, Guerin 0 (5 inn.): At River Grove, Matt Rahn allowed one hit in the complete-game victory for ACC (3-1, 2-0 SCC Gold).
St. Charles North 8, Larkin 0: At Elgin, North (5-1, 1-0 UEC River) romped behind two goals apiece from Lauren Durocher and Kenzie Rose. Kelly Manski added a goal and three assists.
Marmion quadrangular: At Aurora, Marmion (89 points) edged Oswego (78) for the title, with Wheaton Academy (66) also in pursuit. Luke Juriga won the shot put (41 feet, 6 inches) and discus (122-3) for the Cadets.
Geneva 5, Bartlett 2: At Bartlett, Ryan Doeckel and John Potts’ 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 1 doubles set the tone for Geneva, which won three of four doubles matches.
Marmion 5, Oswego East 2: At Oswego, Marmion swept doubles play. Luke Hoss and Brett Koskinen teamed for a three-set victory in the No. 2 slot.
Batavia 5, South Elgin 2: At South Elgin, Batavia earned a road victory in its season opener. Ryan Sterling, Tim Murat and Drake Swift notched singles wins.
Neuqua Valley 2, St. Charles North 0 (25-15, 25-22): At St. Charles, Kevin Beach had eight kills for North (6-1), which lost for the first time this spring.
Geneva 2, Waubonsie Valley 1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-22): At Geneva, Mason Stierwalt (12 kills), Dominic Bondi (nine) and Chris Parilli (nine) sparked a balanced Geneva attack.
Nathan Jesko had 22 assists.
St. Charles East 13, St. Charles North 2: At St. Charles, Lauren McNally won at No. 1 singles for host East.
BOYS WATER POLO
St. Charles North 18, Metea Valley 4: At St. Charles, Justin Simmonds (five goals, four assists) and Ryan Hamilton (four goals) paced North (5-6-1).
GIRLS WATER POLO
St. Charles North 10, Metea Valley 5: At Aurora, Sarah Stern sparked 11-2 North with two goals, three assists and three steals.